Dingo - you're only hurting yourself if you think the disapproval comes from "self righteous weight loss condescension." Thousands of people have come and gone on this forum, and we have a great deal in common. We are all questing towards a goal that's proven difficult to achieve. People reading understand the desperation you're talking about.
The reason you see people disapprove on this message board is because so many have walked this road before, and there are so many voices eager to see you avoid the pain, disappointment, and distraction from reaching your goal. It's not self-righetousness. It's compassion. These pills will not work; you'll spend time and money on a path that doesn't help you. Your desperation will increase. And it's possible that you'l end up only seeing a higher number on the scale than when you started.
If the pills really worked (beyond perhaps limited crash-dieting success), America wouldn't have a weight problem. Look at the goal section here or the long-term maintainers forum. Not a single person can credit weight loss pills to their success.
Edit - just noticed the timestamp on Dingo's post.
Still, jnbear, I hope you'll reconsider.